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Re: please add fix for bz 408596 to etch [SRM]

Hi Stable Release Managers,

Please could you comment on the mail below?


Alex Chiang a écrit :
> Hi Aurelien,
> * Aurelien Jarno <aurelien@aurel32.net>:
>> Alex Chiang a écrit :
>>> I'm hitting:
>>> 	http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=408596
>>> On my ia64/etch install. This is causing problems for me when I
>>> attempt to use sparse.
>>> Is there any chance you could consider this fix for etch? The fix
>>> itself looks very benign, and non-intrusive.
>> I don't think such a fix is possible for Etch, as this bug does not meet
>> the requirements for an update in a stable version. See:
>> http://release.debian.org/stable/3.1/3.1r8/
> I don't want to push this too hard, because:
> 	a) I'm running sparse with -Werror
> 	b) obviously cpp doesn't seem to care
> But I would like to point out that:
> 	a) sparse is a quite useful tool for developers[1]
> 	b) it will give a *lot* of spurious warnings because of 408596
> 	c) the fix for 408596 is trivial and obviously correct
> Since etch is 'stable', it's gonna be around for a long time. It
> would be nice to backport tachiang@hp.comhis fix to support FOSS developers who
> have chosen debian/stable as a development environment.
> FWIW, I tripped across this bug even though upstream did not,
> because upstream was developing against a Fedora 9 userspace. And
> we did end up working around this problem [2].

Well trying to convince me won't help, as I am not the one taking the
decision. Asking the stable release manager for their opinion.

> Thanks.
> /ac
> 1: http://www.kernel.org/pub/software/devel/sparse/
> 2: http://oss.oracle.com/mercurial/zab/crfs/rev/f8c423608c93

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